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Malheur County faces new obstacles to get money for rail center

The proposed site for the Treasure Valley Reload Center north of Nyssa. (The Enterprise/file)

NYSSA – The state won’t provide money for Nyssa’s rail shipping project until there is more certainty the shipping center would work, according to state records.

County officials have been hoping to pry loose $26 million in state money to launch construction of the Treasure Valley Reload Center as soon as this spring. Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, had hoped to see onions rolling out of Nyssa by train this fall.

That’s not likely to happen.

The state is doubling down on concerns raised by state consultants, top state officials, and an outside review committee about whether Treasure Valley Reload Center is economically feasible. The Oregon Transportation Commission is asking Malheur County officials to overcome those . . .